10-Year-Old Girl Dead, 5-Year-Old Boy Critically Injured After Vehicle Fleeing Police Leads To Crash In Auburn Gresham

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police said charges are pending against a person in connection with a deadly traffic crash that followed a brief police chase Wednesday on the South Side.

Da’Karia Spicer, 10, was killed and her 5-year-old brother, Dhaamir, was critically injured Wednesday afternoon, when a black Mercedes Benz fleeing from police crashed into the vehicle the children were in on 80th and Halsted in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“This a 10-year old kid,” Daria Quinn, the children’s aunt, told CBS 2. “You took her life.”

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Police said officers tried successfully to pull over a black sedan for a traffic violation at 12:27 p.m. near 80th and Halsted streets, but driver sped off, hitting a gray car with a 57-year-old woman inside. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.

Then the car being chased rammed into car being driven by the children's 43-year-old father, Kevin Spicer. Three people then got out of the black car and ran, police said.

“It was a police chase, and one of the cars that got hit flipped over, and it hit the car that my brother-in-law and my niece and nephew were in,” Quinn said.

Da’Karia Spicer was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. Her 5-year-old brother, Dhaamir, was also taken to Comer in critical condition, police said. Their father, Kevin Spicer, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.

“I can’t accept this,” Quinn said. “Whoever did this, I just really hope that they get what they deserve.”

At the time of the crash, Kevin Spicer was taking his daughter to get a laptop for e-learning. 

Police were questioning a person of interest in the crash Wednesday night.

Chicago Police and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability are investigating both the crash and the circumstances of the chase. 

Police released the following statement: “This is a devastating loss of life and our sincerest condolences go out to the family and all those impacted by this tragic incident. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has been notified of this incident and will conduct an investigation into this matter. CPD’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit will also conduct a thorough investigation of this event.”